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No-Bull Burger Purist, born and raised in NJ, the heart of the tri-state area and home to the oldest (and best) burger joints in the country. I don't need all the frilly toppings, happy servers or trendy decor, just a good burger...

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Harvey Washbangers, College Station, TX

(A burger my friend flew in from the Lone Star State)

Where: Harvey Washbangers – 1802 Texas Ave S, College Station, TX 77840 – (979) 696-6756
What: The Banger Burger 
Build:  An Aggieland classic – a 1/3 lb. fresh, never frozen Angus beef patty, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles and mayo on a grilled sourdough bun.
Comments: This is the 4th burger I've had flown to me overnight and I'm sure it won't be the last...
This Aggieland nugget of goodness was quite a treat. A friend visiting her hometown in Texas was nice enough to package this baby up on her way to the airport and hand delivered it to me the next day, so we were able to side-step FedEx for a change. Needless to say, I'll be rating this burger with a handicap.
The Banger Burger, although only a one-third pounder is a monster to hold, and for me, there were 2 stand-out features of this beauty; first, was the sourdough bun which was unique in that it tasted freshly baked with an almost indistinguishable sweetness to it. It was a soft bread bun, yet hearty enough to handle the burger to the very last bite.
Second was the amount of, and placement of, the toppings and sauce (mayo). The lettuce, tomato and cheese were on top with the onion, pickles and mayo stuffed in underneath. The combination of extras along with their placement was magical because the flavors came together perfectly in your mouth.
And despite this burger’s not-quite-day-old status, the toasted bun's edges were still a bit crispy. I could definitely imagine how good this burger would be when eaten fresh from the grill. So the next time you're in College Station, TX, and you're hungry (or need to do your laundry), be sure to stop by Harvey Washbangers for this hearty Texas Angus burger.  I'm giving it a 7.0 with a 1.5 hc…that makes it an 8.5 on the Bill scale. (But I'd need to eat one fresh for a truly accurate rating). Thanks again DK!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

White Castle, Nanuet, NY

Where: White Castle, 136 New York 59, Nanuet, NY 10954

What: New Breakfast Sandwiches: Chicken & Waffles, BEC on Waffle, Sausage on Waffle.

Build: All of the above-mentioned ingredients (plus sausage gravy and bacon bits on the Chicken & Waffles).

Comments: Following a pleasant breakfast experience at "that taco place,” we were a little more than disappointed with the White Castle breakfast offerings. I've had their little known, little advertised (if any) breakfast sandwiches at various locations around the country. I've tried both the bacon and sausage, egg & cheese sandwiches (equally delicious), and I've even had the pleasure of eating the bologna, egg & cheese breakfast sandwich at a WC in Kentucky. 

This is a good time to mention that White Castle cracks fresh eggs on their flat top grill (to my knowledge, no other fast food establishment uses fresh eggs). This makes the place smell like breakfast, which you don't get with processed, microwaved eggs at the other places. And don't forget, these ingredients are being built on one of those world famous, addiction-forming buns. The buns come soft and steamy…the same as the burger buns, only now it's a piping hot egg sandwich with cheese melting everywhere you look. Ummm…can't tell you how awesome these little guys are. Yet most of you probably never knew they existed. 

So enter the breakfast sandwich wars brought on by the Taco Bell folks in an effort to try to put the squeeze on Mickey D's and others.

Side note: I'm here to tell you that after my positive review of the waffle taco at Taco Bell, I've yet to order one again that was even close to edible. But I digress, this is about the new White Castle sandwiches, and in an effort to keep it short (my son hates long winded reviews), the sandwiches all fall short of the mark. 

The chicken and waffles was (and is) a great concept, but the execution was an "Epic Crap Fail.” The waffles are soggy (never in all my attempts at ordering one of these have I gotten one that was crunchy or crispy), the chicken was tasty, but everything else about the sandwich was bland and nothing was memorable. The same can be said for any other ingredient we tried on the waffle. 

 White Castle needs to stick to their original breakfast sandwiches served on their original hamburger buns – they are nothing shy of awesome. If it ain't broke....

BTW.... I had no idea White Castle now offers a 100 burger Crave "Crate"..... hmmmmmm.